Upgrades to roads, water system among Auburn's '07 goals

AUBURN - Residents will see improvements in road conditions and water service in 2007, the mayor and city council members promised in Thursday's State of the City address. Improved city parks, more activities, and work on the new 6,000 -square-foot library are the agenda as well.

"Public Works saw a $200,000 savings from changing water meters," Council Member Linda Blechinger said. "In 2007 I want to repair the striping machine so we can stripe the roads and replace 930 water meters."

In 2005, Auburn approved funding to purchase more water from Barrow County, provide new water lines and construct a new water tower. The project, which was scheduled to be completed in October, should wrap up in four to five months.

Auburn might hire a private sewage treatment plant.

" I am not looking for Barrow County to do anything in the near future that will help bring sewage into Auburn," Money said.

Auburn hired the law firm of Carothers and Mitchell to investigate favoritism in Auburn's police department.

Officials broke ground for the new 6,000-square-foot library to be built near City Hall.

City Councilman Billy Parks resigned his position in 2006 to make a successful bid for a seat on Barrow's County Commission.

"Auburn hit a home run with Billy Parks," Money said.

Doing something with tax dollars

Money said 2007 will be an action year instead of a talking year.

"We are going to start with our roads, so people can see we are doing something with their tax dollars," he said.

City officials are working with real estate professionals in search of land on which to build new parks. However, they are finding that land prices are at a premium. Still, Money said he envisions building a children's park and a sports complex that would include ball fields, skate parks and soccer fields.

Auburn is allocated about $372,000 in Barrow County SPLOST money for roads, and about $419,000 for parks, Money said.

Money reported that City Hall is operating with a full staff at the moment, and might add two more staff positions this year.